Women in Struggle for Empowerment (WISE) and the Punjab Journalists Union jointly organized a one-day training workshop for female journalists on , Let’s Make the Workplace More Dignified at the local hotel today.
Occasionally, female journalists have described their personal experiences; many participants said they were targeted as part of a well-organized digital disinformation campaign. They shared that female journalists also face sexual harassment in the workplace. According to them, they also felt discriminated against in different ways.
Participants said that women journalists are beneficial to society. They expose social ills like honor killings, child marriages, sub-marriages and marriages in which the poor are forced by their circumstances to hand off their daughters to older men, and to countless other bad practices. According to them, the environment for women journalists could be made exemplary by increasing the number of women employed in all media groups by 33%. They said that 33% of women’s jobs had to be declared compulsory by the government. Participants called for a special office to handle cases of online harassment of female journalists in the cybercrime unit of the Federal Investigation Agency.
On the occasion, Bushra Khaliq, executive director of WISE, demanded the establishment of standing sexual harassment committees in every media house, union office and media club under the Protection from Harassment of Women Act 2010. women in the workplace. Bushra Khaliq said it is not easy for female journalists to work. freely. She added that women journalists are increasingly the target of attacks, harassment and intimidation around the world. She added that women journalists who have shown independence and courage in the past have often been threatened, and this year we have seen how the media are forced to make the difficult choice of informing the public and ensuring the physical safety of their employees. only financially. She further demanded that media houses, press clubs and journalists’ unions form a commission of inquiry and post a code of conduct on office premises.
Shahid Iqbal, WISE program manager, presented the law and explained how female journalists could be protected from harassment and exploitation. He also said the Sexual Harassment Investigation Committee must include a recommendation within 30 days.
Renowned journalists including Qamar uz-Zaman Bhatti president of PUJ, Azam Chaudhary president of Lahore Press Club, Arshad Ansari ex-president of LPC, Azam of LPC, Shahbaz Mian ex-president of LPC, Sadia Salahuddin, Tamseela Chishti, Rafiya Naheed, Attiya Zaidi, Sadia Khan, Saba Mumtaz, Farzana Chaudhary etc were present on the occasion.
At the end, certificates were distributed to the participants by Qamar uz-Zaman Bhatti president of PUJ, Azam Chaudhary president of Lahore Press Club, Arshad Ansari ex-president of LPC and Shahbaz Mian ex-president of LPC.